Taiwanese Pineapple Pastry / 台式凤梨酥

Saturday, May 31, 2008
  • 2 can / 1000 g Pineapple, diced
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  1. Drain pineapple well.Crush with a blender and place them in a skillet. Using medium heat, cook the drained crushed pineapple and sugar until most liquid has evaporated, and the filling turned golden. Stirring constantly using a wooden spoon to avoid burning. Set aside to cool.
  2. Beat shortening, butter and powdered sugar in a mixer until it turns light in color and fluffy. Gradually beat in whole egg and yolk until well combined. Sift in the flour and fold until just combined. Dissolve baking soda in the water and blend with the the mixture.
  3. Line baking trays with parchment paper. Divide the pastry dough and pineapple filling each into 28 equal rounds. Line work surface with large sheet of plastic wrap. Place and flatten the pastry dough on the plastic wrap with the palms and put the pineapple filling in the middle. and use the dough to cover the filling. Arrange it into molds of your choice. Lightly draw the plastic wrap out of the mold, and turn the pastry onto the prepared tray. Bake in the preheated 170C/340F oven for about 22-25 minutes until light brown.
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Cucumber Pickle Juice Rye Cob Adapted From Dan Lepard

Friday, May 30, 2008

  • 200 g Dark rye flour, toasted (German Roggenmehl #1150)
  • 300 g Bread flour (German Weizenmehl #1050)
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 350 g Cucumber pickle juice at 20C/68F
  • 1+1/4 tsp Fresh yeast, crumbled
  • 5 g Dried dill
  1. To toast the rye flour, preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Spread the rye flour in a thin layer over a baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, or until the flour has turned a light tannish brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

  2. Combine the flours, and mix with the salt. In another bowl, whisk the pickle juice with yeast and dill. Mix this liquid and the flour together with your hands. Squeezing it through your fingertips. When roughly combined, cover the bowl and leave it for 10 minutes. Tip the dough out on to a lightly oiled work-surface and knead gently for 10-15 seconds. Return the dough to the bowl, leave for a further 10 minutes, then knead once more for 10-15 seconds. Repeat one more time.

  3. Stretch the dough out on the work-surface and pat it out lightly into a rectangle. Fold one end, a third of the length, back to the centre. Fold the other end back over it, so you have three layers. Repeat after 30 minutes and 1 hour. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, and shape each into a round. Place both on a flour-dusted baking sheet, leaving a space between for the cobs to grow. Cover and leave for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 210C/410F. Cut a slash across the center of each cob. Bake in the center of the oven for 55 minutes until the cobs are a good rich brown colour and when tapped on the bottom, sound hollow. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Pecan Biscuits /山核桃酥

Thursday, May 29, 2008

  • 200 g All-purpose flour
  • 110 g Mung bean starch (or potato starch)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 200 g Castor sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 150 g Corn oil
  • Some pecan kernels, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Egg yolk for brushing
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Combine sugar, corn oil and egg in a bowl and mix well. Sift the all purpose flour, mung bean starch and baking soda into the liquid mixture. Mix all ingredients very gently with hands until a smooth paste forms. Do not over mix it or the crumbling and crispy texture will be ruined.

  2. Divide the paste evenly into 12-14 portions. Form each into a round disc and place them in a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush the top with beaten egg yolk. Press in the pecan and bake in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes.

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Sweet And Sour Chicken

Thursday, May 29, 2008

  • 300 g Chicken breast
  • 150 g Pineapple(preferable fresh)
  • 40 g Bell pepper
  • 3 pcs Dried chillies
  • 1 stalk Spring onion
  • 4 g Minced garlic
  • 20 g Egg
  • Cornstarch
  • Frying oil
  • 10 g Cornstarch
  • 1 g Chicken bouillon
  • 1 g Salt
  • 10 g Egg
  • 6 ml Jiafan rice wine
  • 10 ml White vinegar
  • 20 g Ketchup
  • 35 g Sugar
  • 3 g Salt
  • Pinch of white pepper powder
  1. Cut the chicken breast into slices. Mix with marinade for 20 minutes. Cut the bell pepper into pieces.
  2. In a sauce bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce and set aside. Heat up a wok half filled with frying oil, dip the chicken slices into the egg, then coat with corn starch. Deep fry them until crispy and lightly golden in colour.
  3. Heat oil in skillet or wok to 180C/355F. Add in garlic, dried chillies and spring onion, stir until fragrant. Add in pineapple and bell pepper, pour in the prepared sauce and stir briefly. Add in fried chicken and stir to blend thoroughly.

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Sweet Woodruff Blueberry Cheesecake

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Sweet Woodruff, a little aromatic plant growing in woods and near shady spots. In Germany, one of the specially delightful drinks---- White Wine Punch/Maibowle (or Waldmeisterbowle, or Maiwein, or Maitrank) is prepared by steeping the fresh sweet woodruff and peppermints in white wine. They are drunk and enjoyed usually in May.

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  • 150 g Oat cookies
  • 70 g Margarine, softened
  • 8 Gelatin sheets
  • 400 g Whipping cream
  • 500 g Quark, low-fat
  • 300 g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 1 package / 8 g Vanilla sugar
  • 100 ml Milk
  1. Combine cookies and softened margarine, then press into the bottom of a 26-cm baking pan with a removable bottom. Chill crust for 30 minutes. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form and store in the fridge until ready for use.
  2. Combine Quark, cream cheese, sugars and milk in a mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined and smooth.
  3. Soak gelatin sheets in cold water for 5 minutes until softened. Gently squeeze out excess water. Melt it in a heat proof bowl placed over simmering water until dissolved. Combine first 4 tablespoons of cheese mixture with the melted gelatin, then blend with the rest of cheese mixture until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream and until fully incorporated. Pour the cheese mixture over the crust and arrange the blueberries on top. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  4. Whisk together sugar and jelly powder in a medium pot. Pour in the water and cook over the slow heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove and turn the heat off. Pour 1/3 of the jelly into a square shallow dish. Press and push a cookie mould into the set jelly to create the “heart”. Pour the rest of cool jelly over the cheesecake. Place some heart-shaped jelly over if desired. To serve, loosen cheesecake and place it on a serving plate. Decorate the side with heart-shaped jelly.

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Handmade Noodles

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rice might be the most important staple food in China, but noodles are often served as a single-dish meal for lunch, or as part of a banquet dinner. Especially in the northern regions, where noodles often replace rice in a meal. The long strands symbolize longevity, and because of that, they're part of many celebrations, like Chinese New Year and birthday parties. The texture and taste of fresh noodles is rich and distinct.

  • 500 g Bread flour
  • 225 g Cool water (spinach or carrot juice)
  • 25 g Salt
  • 2 tbsp Semolina

  1. Whisk flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in water with one hand while mixing with the other. Turn out the mixture and knead on a work surface until smooth. Cover with a plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 1 hour.
  2. Roll the dough out into a thin rectangle of an even thickness throughout. Sprinkle the semolina or cornstarch over. Wind the rectangle round the rolling pin and roll the dough into a 3mm sheet. Fold and cut into noodles of a desired width. Separate the noodles with the help of a little bit of flour. Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling water.

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Remoulade Sauce

Thursday, May 22, 2008

  • 2 Egg yolks, hard cooked
  • 1 Egg yolk, raw
  • 125 ml Olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp Onion, grated
  • 1 tbsp Sour gherkins, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp Capers
  • A few drops of Tabasco
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2/3 tbsp Dried parsley
  • 150 g Sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Press hard-boiled egg yolks through a sieve into a mixing bowl. Add in raw egg yolk and beat until incorporated. Slowly beat in half of olive oil until thick and stiff.
  2. Beat in lemon juice and mustard. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Blend all ingredients and chill. Will keep for several days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It is often served with seafood dishes, fries, or salad.

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Curry Stuffed Bread-Kare Pan

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Curry Bread, or curry doughnut is a popular Japanese food. An amount of Japanese curry is wrapped in a dough, which then breaded with Panko fresh bread crumbs, and deep fried until golden crispy.

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  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 250 g Ground beef
  • 80 g Onion, thinly sliced
  • 80 g Carrot, grated
  • 240 ml Dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 tbsp Chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch solution
  • Salt to taste
  • Salad oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Milk
  • 150 g Bread crumbs, fresh

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and sautee over medium-high heat, stirring often, until lightly browned. Stir in ground beef and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the grated carrot and sautee for 1 minute. Pour in the white wine and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in curry and chilli sauce. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the dissolved cornstarch and cook until thickened. Season with salt to taste. Set aside to cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. To make the dough in a bread maker, put all of the ingredients into the mixing bowl of your bread machine
    in the order listed, and set the machine to create dough. When the machine finishes, roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 8-10 even portions. Round up, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Combine egg and milk.

  3. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface into a 4-inch round. Place some of the filling in the center of the round. Fold each of them in half to enclose the filling in a semi-circle. Be sure that the seam is well sealed. Dip the bun into the egg wash, coating it on all sides, then roll in bread crumbs. Place them on a tray lined with parchment paper and let rise for about 20 minutes. Heat up a skillet with oil until 180C/350F. Place the bread into the oil and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 60-90 seconds per side. Drain the curry bread on a kitchen towel.

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Choux Pastries

Monday, May 05, 2008
  • 250 ml Water
  • 50 g Butter (or margarine)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla sugar
  • 175 g Plain flour
  • 4 Eggs, large
  • 3 g Baking powder
  • 2 cup Whipped cream
  1. Sieve the flour and vanilla sugar on a piece of baking paper. Prepare two baking trays lined with baking papers. Bring the water, butter, and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat and with one hand tip all the flour in all at once, while stir the mixture vigorously with the other. Once the mixture free of clumps, put it back to fire and cook for one more minute until you have a smooth ball of paste that has left the sides of the saucepan clean.
  2. Take the pan off the heat. Transfer the paste into a mixing bowl and stir in one egg, which must be completely blended in before the next egg is added, and so on until all the eggs have been incorporated. The paste appears shiny and should be of a pipeable consistency and not too runny.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Using a fine plain nozzle to pipe “S” for the head and neck of the swan, and a large star nozzle or a couple of teaspoons, to form small balls of choux paste onto the prepared trays, allowing space for them to raise and expand. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and crispy. Swan necks should be removed from the oven after 20 minutes, to prevent them from burning.
  4. Remove from the oven and use the tip of a knife to make a slit in the side of each eclair or profiteroles to let the steam inside the puff escape. Return to the turned-off oven and dry out for 5-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Cut the top of the cream puff 1/4 of the way down. It should be dry in the centre with no uncooked dough in the middle. Fill the bases with whipped cream and then the "S" shape in the Chantilly cream. Slice the tops lengthwise into two, placing the two pieces on either side of the cream to form the wings of the swan. To make profiteroles, pipe whipped cream carefully into the slit cut of each puff or slice the puff open and fill the whipped cream.
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